Brentwood High School’s Alexis Spahn and Independence High School’s Cody Swayze have been named the second recipients of the John Maher Scholar Athlete of the Month award for the 2012-2013 school year.
Spahn, daughter of Deb Spahn and Shane Taylor, was a four-year starter on the Lady Bruins volleyball team that finished as runners up for the Class AAA championship.
Brentwood coach Barbara Campbell believes Spahn is an ideal candidate for the award because of her ability to balance athletics and academics.
“She has competed in volleyball at a high level with an admirable unselfish spirit – showing commitment, dedication, and always striving for excellence,” Campbell said. “She is known for her relentless defensive play, but can also jump out of the gym generating great power as a hitter. She is loved and admired by her teammates and coaches.”
Excelling at her libero position, Spahn was named the 2012 Region 6AAA Tournament Most Valuable Player. She was also honored on the All-District 11-AAA team and All-District Tournament teams.
The Lady Bruins won the 11-AAA regular season and the Region 6AAA tournament in 2012.
Campbell credits Spahn with giving the same amount of effort in her academics and community service as she does on the volleyball court.
Spahn has volunteered as with the Special Olympics, the Senior Olympics, and Habitat for Humanity along with being a volunteer coach at A-Game youth volleyball camps and being a freshman peer tutor at her school.
She has maintained a 4.14 grade point average, being a 2012 National Merit Semifinalist. A member of the National Honors Society, Spahn is also a recipient of the AP Scholar Award by the College Board.
“She is a role model on and off the court – displaying leadership by example,” Campbell said of Spahn. “She is definitely deserving of recognition for her commitment to excellence.”
Swayze, son of Jeff and Jill Swayze, is a three-year letterman and team captain of the Independence Eagle football team that won the District 11-AAA regular season in 2011 and finished second in 2012.
“Cody is a remarkable kid,” said Indy coach Kevin Dyson. “Not only is he the hardest working kid on our team athletically, he
may be the hardest working academically in the whole school. He is close to being the valedictorian of his senior class and every night after football he studies and does homework until the wee hours of the night.”
Swayze’s schedule remains full. He was elected Student Council Vice President while being active in the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Along with FCA, Swayze is active in his church’s youth group – participating in mission trips.
Holding a 4.2 GPA, Swayze is a member of the National Honors Society and Mu Alpha Theta mathematics honors society.
Dyson praises the senior for his work ethic and ability to juggle so many responsibilities – all with a great attitude.
“His heavy class load and his athletic responsibilities are a lot for a normal teenager,” he said. “But Cody does it all without complaint and gives his all every time.”
The John Maher Scholar Athlete of the Month Award, given by John Maher Builders and the Williamson Herald, is decided by a four-person panel that makes their choice based on GPA, leadership qualities, community service, athletic competition, and a written essay by the student-athlete’s nominator.
Each recipient is invited to the annual scholar-athlete banquet at the end of the school year where one male and one female winner will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship.